I am not terribly bothered because I often add links to all my other stuff in my hubs, but if you are, check them out - I saw a lot of hubs cut and pasted here with no reference to the author. If you have written any hubs that score well, they will probably be here.
The stupid sack of shite could at least have named mine properly
I have written a hub related to this. "Stealing of Hubs". I posted the hub in a way to find more about this subject. I really do think and feel that somebody or some organisation is making money out of this. I got a comment that I shouldnt feel bad about this because it will generate traffic to my hub. But if I unable to post my own hub to other sites because someone else had already done so, that make me mad.
In order to be taken seriously I think the victims should give notice to blogger under the Digital Milennium Copyright Act. The link for reporting offenders on blogger is here: http://www.google.com/blogger_dmca.html
Perhaps another way of dealing with this is bringing it to the attention of Hubpages themselves. They can pick up the bat-phone, which likely has a direct line to Google, and nip this thing in the bud quite quickly.
Since the individual authors actually own the content of their Hubs, and not HubPages, the HubTeam is most likely going to tell you that it is up to the authors to defend their own copyrights and to file a DMCA notice with blogspot.com.
Mark, are those your referral trackers, or has he supplanted them with his own?
I have a mixed mind about these.
On one hand, of course copying without permission or attribution is wrong and illegal. It is a clear violation of copyright laws. However sometimes being able to contact a "real" person via email in cases like these is tough. But you could try.
On the other hand, some of these people post the same copy months after the original was posted, and in a way that will never get the same exposure for backlinks. So the HubPages version will always get prime positioning in SERPs. Some of these Hubs, like the one Mark pointed to, have links to other Hubs, so these are effectively backlinks. Maybe low-quality backlinks with relatively little value, but backlinks nonetheless.
It's up to everyone to make the decision of whether to go after copyright violators or ignore them.
They are monetizing your stolen hub with AdSense. So, despite the small benefit they may be providing you by leaving the links unchanged, I think you should report them so that Google can shut down their AdSense account. It's easy enough for them to just move stolen content to another platform, but losing their AdSense account will sting a little. They aren't nearly as easy to replace.
the one thing that can be said about writing almost exclusively to frozen sparrows, drano, mighty puddy and extremely detailed love poetry to one man is that it's last on the list for being "borrowed" for someone else's blogs.
ah, that's what I hub. frozen sparrowz, drano and poetry. it's not a hot 'theft' idea. apart from that one loony stalker broad who 'borrows' all my stuff and posts it on her board, no one else ever has.
this is how bad it is. until last year I got ashton kutcher confused with ashley judd who I thought was a country music singer and might be but I don't know because I don't listen to progressive country either. I thought jessica simpson was that little girl on The Simpsons. and to this day I could run into britney spears on the street and not recognize her. Paris Hilton, I don't even know why she's famous and I only associate her with some criminal justice news about some people breaking into that GirlzGoneWild guyz mansion and videotaping him in a compromising position, which I thought was pretty much poetic justice. Paris' role in it is that allegedly the guy who did it told her and she told the police.
Ashley is the daughter of singer Naomi Judd and sister of singer Wynonna Judd. Ashley Judd is an actress, and quite beautiful. I must admit that I've watched movies with her in them just because I think she's gorgeous and beautiful and sexy.
Actually, "one night in Paris" was not lil miss Hilton's claim to fame. She became famous before appearing on "the Simple Life" with her antics and connection to most of the in-crowd of female celebrity boozers. Her sex tape wasn't released officially until 2004.
I work for an adult entertainment internet company, I get paid to know these things. hehe
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